The balayage yarn was the product of the idea to develop a high-quality yarn in accordance with a specific colour concept. We wanted to create colours that provide unlimited creative options and flow harmoniously into one another, almost as if dyed by hand. This gave rise to a yarn that is excellent for shawls but, of course, for any other knitting project too, and is particularly well suited to colour techniques such as jacquard or Fair Isle. A well-known designer and good friend, Melanie Berg, who is known as Mairlynd, contributed to the development of this yarn concept from the beginning. With her instinct for colours and talent for creating appealing colour worlds and our expertise in producing high-quality and exclusive yarns, important key skills are therefore combined in one yarn: Balayage.
Why is it called Balayage? The term comes from the hairdressing industry and refers to a hair colouring technique in which a particular colour gradient is achieved on the hair. This colour gradient principle embodies the colours of Balayage. Colour groups of four colours are designed to work together and can be combined with colours from the other groups to achieve a contrast. The colours are inspired by the variety of colours in Peru and are named after places in Peru.
The unique nature of the yarn, i.e. the mixture of white organic merino wool fibres with white and grey baby alpaca wool, creates a mottled grey tone (colour 617 Ishinca). The colour gradient effect is supported within the individual threads and very natural colour accents along the lines of hand dyeing techniques.
We are building up our range of shades of this yarn. If there is a shade that you would like, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Fibre Content||80% baby alpaca, 20% virgin merino wool
|Weight||50g of 4-ply yarn
|Length||c.175 metres (190 yards)
|Tension||28 sts x 36 rows per 10cm|
|Suggested needle size||3.25mm
|Care instructions|| Hand wash at 30 degrees Centigrade
We stock two Melanie Berg books which contain patterns that would be suitable for this yarn.
In addition, Melanie Berg has designed two patterns on Ravelry.com that use Balayage yarn.
The Big Easy
Rock My Shawl